October, 2014—Teach Yourself and Others: New Online Training Now Available

October 16, 2014  - by 

Several new classes have been added to the FamilySearch Learning Center. These new classes include:

  • A class on descendancy research
  • A class on how to separate names that were incorrectly combined in Family Tree
  • Four classes on using Spanish records in Spain, Latin America, and Mexico. These classes are presented in Spanish




Descendancy Research

Finding Our Cousins: Using New Tools on FamilySearch.org

Family Tree

Manual Separation Process for Separating Incorrectly Combined Records

Spain, Latin America, Mexico

Obtenga el máximo de MyHeritage

¿Cómo involucrar a los niños en la investigacion familiar?

Capellanías, cofradías, dispensas y más

Registros civiles y parroquiales

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  1. Manual Separation Process Video for Family Tree: I was not aware that records in Tree could contain combined records. It would help with data cleanup if such records could be flagged in some way (asterisk?), so that we’d know that records needed separating. As it is the ‘Duplicate Search’ functionality in Tree is not altogether reliable – I’ve had numerous ‘no results’ for person records that I knew existed, so they had to be found in other ways.
    We need to know up front that there are data issues with specific person records in Tree.

  2. Can anyone direct me to the class in which I can learn how to assume genders and relationships by surnames in obits like arbitrators do…?

  3. I am looking for a class to learn about the LDS Family Search and Family Tree on the internet. I have taken one class at Ogden Family History Center. But I would like more details.

    Where can I find a class in Ogden or in SLC Family History Library?

    1. Click on Get Help in the upper right corner. There are all kinds of videos about
      everything you might want to know. Explore!

  4. Someone has put their family line as my family line. I have tried to delete the information, but can’t delete the temple information. I have to remove like 8 children, not my family. Why in the world do I have a password? I have so many people just doing whatever they want to my genealogy. My family tree is open to everyone through Family Search?

    1. I am not quite certain that you have an understanding of what FamilyTree is and how it works.

      No one has put their family tree in yours (although it is certainly possible that someone has incorrectly merged a profile or two). The only family tree that you have on FamilySearch (if you have not uploaded a GEDcom to the genealogies portion of the website) is the portion of your tree that involves living people. These should have been added manually and they are “housed” in the private space of your account. Nobody but you is able to see that information except you. That is what your password is for — to allow you to access the information on living people that you have added. It also allows you to view and/or edit the FamilyTree (and several other things but I’m referring to FamilyTree specifically right now). Yes, the deceased ancestors in your tree are open to anyone. However, please remember that you are probably not the only descendant of some of those deceased ancestors and do not have exclusive rights to their profiles.

      One of the best ways to prevent others from “mucking” up what you may have contributed is to make certain that you include sources and reasons that support why your information is the most correct. The best sources would be original records (or the images thereof) rather than “because aunt Eleanor said it happened this way” (unless, of course, aunt Eleanor was present when it happened …. and even then her memory may be “iffy”)

      Will that solve everything? No. But it will certainly help.

      For every bit of information that is edited or added, there should also be contact information included (by yourself and by the others). This should be automatically generated by the fact that you checked the “make it available” option when you set up your account. Hopefully others have done that as well. Does that always happen? No. Does it necessarily mean that the information is current? No. But it is a good place to start.

      If there is contact information, contact those who you feel are incorrect. POLITELY ask if they would be willing to share their sources and make your case POLITELY for why you feel your information is correct. And, it is not out of line to offer to share copies of your sources with them. They may actually have information that you don’t know about or they may have information that has been proven to be incorrect but they are unaware of that and you could help them POLITELY to correct their information. FamilySearch FamilyTree is actually all about collaboration and working together.

      Lastly, if you are confused about how to use FamilyTree (and it does sound as if you might be), find a familysearch center (usually located in an LDS stake center — and they used to be called family history libraries or centers) and visit them. The volunteers there can help you to understand what the program is and how to use it. Anyone is welcome to visit the Family History Centers and it does not matter whether you are a member of the LDS church or not.

      If you are a member of the church, contact your Bishop or High Priest Group leader and find out who the family history consultant(s) in your ward are, contact them and ask for help in learning to use the FamilyTree.

      1. The day we first viewed this presentation, we attempted to go into the NFS site to look at some combined records and could not access the site. Today, the read only site worked fine. My concern is satisfied. Thank you.

    1. First one would click on the links included in the article and watch the videos. Then one would follow the tips and instructions presented in those videos. If there is still confusion, one would contact a ward family history consultant and/or visit a nearby familysearch center and ask for help there. NFS does not even come into the equation.

    2. NFS is still up and functional as a read only database.

      You can still do many of the same functions using the contribution sources found in the IGI records and PRF Genealogies to identify the contributed information many of which were combined prior to being ported to FT. NFS will go away at some point probably soon. But for now it is the easy way to see those contributing records in one place to help determine which relationships originally belonged to which person and whos data may be currently being shown in the Vitals section. I think future helps are coming but for now if there is no merge in the change log we should assume that the information was generated by processes in NFS.